Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Update November 2018


Home
Thailand News
World News
World Sports
Arts - Entertainment - Lifestyles
Book Review
Health & Wellbeing
Odds & Ends
Science & Nature
Technology
Update by Natrakorn Paewsoongnern
 
 
 
WORLD SPORTS
 

Update November 11-14, 2018

UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 11. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Rob Harris

Manchester, England (AP) — Previously concluded Financial Fair Play cases could be reopened, UEFA warned on Monday as evidence grows of Manchester City's attempts to disguise its source of income and spending.

The UEFA statement on the prospect of the financial compliance system being "abused" by teams comes after internal correspondence exposing City's alleged deception was published by European media outlets.

The reigning English Premier League champions and current leaders have not provided a defense or disputed the authenticity of the information from leaked emails which reveal elaborate attempts over several years to try to avoid breaching the rules designed to curb overspending on player costs.

City, who have been owned by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour for a decade, have already been punished for violating FFP after reaching a settlement agreement with UEFA in 2014 that saw them fined rather than banned from the Champions League.

Having spent more than a week declining to comment on the information in the "Football Leaks" documents, UEFA has issued a response to questions about City that raises the prospect of new sanctions.

"Should new information suggest that previously concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be capable of being re-opened as determined on a case by case basis," UEFA said. "This approach is applied universally to all clubs that apply for a UEFA license and participate in European club competitions."

The agreement with UEFA eventually saw City forfeit only 20 million euros in Champions League prize money. UEFA has not said how aware it was in 2014 of City's plans to hide spending of more recent schemes, which have been reported in a five-part series by German magazine Der Spiegel.

"FFP is a framework which clubs that wish to play in UEFA competitions agree to abide by," the organizer of the Champions League and Europa League said in a statement. "It relies on the cooperation of clubs to declare a complete and genuine financial position. While UEFA can test the information it receives, it relies on that information being fair and accurate reflections of a club's finances."

The title sponsor of City's stadium, training campus, and jersey backer is Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mansour is a member of Abu Dhabi's royal family and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.

The leaks emails claimed to show in 2015 how the Etihad deal generated 67.5 million pounds annually for City. But City's holding company — state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club chief financial officer in an internal email.

The evidence could be significant for UEFA which checks clubs' finances annually to ensure they are meeting break-even requirements on a rolling three-year basis.

"This includes a thorough assessment of clubs' financial positions on the basis of both the information disclosed by the clubs (based on their independently audited financial statements) as well as a number of compliance checks and analysis undertaken by UEFA (including independent external audits)," UEFA said. "If new information comes to light that may be material to this assessment, UEFA will use that to challenge the figures and will seek explanation, clarification or rebuttal from the club concerned."

Abu Dhabi United Group was also alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players' images in marketing campaigns. This helped raise revenue by 30 million euros in one case cited by Der Spiegel, which reported City's emails from 2013.

City have not commented on their use of the Fordham Sports Management image rights company or attempts to shift costs away from the club.

Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009-13 and won the Premier League in 2012, was also shown to have received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi than from the Manchester club. Der Spiegel shows Mancini signed two contracts at the same time, to receive a base salary of 1.45 million pounds from City and 1.75 million pounds for advising Al Jazira Sports.

Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the annual accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13 when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.

UEFA requires clubs to approach break-even on football-related business — television rights fees, buying and selling players, salaries, sponsor deals, tickets sales, and prize money. The complex accounting rules encourage clubs to spend on long-term projects — stadiums, youth training — which do not count as losses for FFP purposes.

"Financial Fair Play has led to a step change in the health of the finances in European club football," UEFA said on Monday. "Seven years ago, European clubs had a cumulative debt of 1.7 billion euros.  Last year it was a profit of 600 million euros.  Without question, it has been a success for the game across Europe."

Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain were sanctioned for overspending in 2014 at the same time as City. The Spanish soccer league last year asked UEFA to investigate City and PSG, claiming they benefit from state aid which "distorts European competitions" and "is irreparably harming the football industry."


Djokovic cruises past Isner in ATP Finals opener

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point against John Isner of the United States in their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Monday Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Sam Johnston

 London (AP) — The opening matches at the ATP Finals led to a debate over whether conditions at the O2 Arena were trickier than in past years.

Novak Djokovic ended it.

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion made an impressive start to his campaign for a sixth title by dismissing John Isner 6-4, 6-3 on Monday.

Roger Federer, who lost on Sunday, and Alexander Zverev described conditions as challenging following their error-strewn opening matches at the season-ending tournament, but Djokovic dropped just six points on his serve and made six unforced errors.

"My results here have been pretty good in the last 10 years, so I can't complain too much," said Djokovic, who has won four titles at the London venue. "It takes a little bit of time really to get yourself adjusted to the surface because the surface is a good surface."

A day after a ceremony to mark ending the season as No. 1, Djokovic underlined his status by nullifying Isner's usually destructive serve.

Isner, who at 33 became the season-ending tournament's oldest debutant since 1972, applied himself admirably but barely avoided being broken more than once in the first set, and was broken twice more in the second set.

"It was amazing," Isner said of the atmosphere. "I wish I could have given them a bit more to cheer for."

The one break Djokovic converted in the first set, at 2-2, was a cross-court forehand return winner which stranded Isner.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in attendance, with Djokovic perhaps spurred on even more by the Juventus forward's presence.

"It's great to have big football star, sports star like him, courtside watching tennis," Djokovic said.

At 3-3, 15-30 in the second set, Isner sent down a second serve at 126 mph (203 kph). Djokovic sent it straight back at his feet and a shocked Isner hit his backhand long to concede two more break points.

A forehand error from Isner confirmed the break, and the end of the contest. The merciless Djokovic held serve before breaking Isner once more with an inch-perfect backhand passing shot on match point.

"That was pretty comprehensive out there," Isner conceded.

Earlier, Zverev came from a break down in both sets to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1).

Facing each other in their opening match for a second straight year, Zverev produced the slightly steadier tennis in an attritional contest to extend his record against Cilic to 2-0 at the O2 Arena and 6-1 overall.

Cilic, who made 46 unforced errors, dropped to 1-9 across his four appearances at the tournament.

"The win, that's the most important thing," said Zverev, who failed to advance from the round-robin stage on his debut last year.


NHL, retired players reach $19M concussions settlement

Former Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Daniel Carcillo is shown in this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Stephen Whyno

New York (AP) - The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.

The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league. The NHL, as it has for years, did not acknowledge any liability for the players' claims in the proposed settlement and can terminate the deal if all 318 players or their estates don't elect to participate.

The settlement is significantly less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the NFL and its former players on the same issue of head injuries. Each player who opts in would receive $22,000 and could be eligible for up to $75,000 in medical treatment.

"The cash amount of $22,000, that's small, but we were always looking for (medical) coverage to begin with," said former player Reed Larson, who was among the first to sue the league over head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. "The bottom line is this is monitoring, testing and hopefully help for players that will either have (CTE) now or could get it in the future."

Players' attorney Stuart Davidson said he knows there will be comparisons between the NHL and NFL settlements, even though they differ drastically.

"When you have a defendant who has spent millions of dollars litigating a case for four years to prove that nothing is wrong with getting your brain bashed in, you can only get so far," Davidson told The Associated Press. "I think it's important for players who have an opportunity to settle their case with the NHL now to understand that before they get anything through a trial against the NHL it's going to cost millions of dollars in experts to get there, and that's going to have to be paid for before they see a penny from any recovery, assuming they win."

An NHL spokesman said the league would not make any comment until after the opt-in period of 75 days for players. There were 146 players who added their names to the lawsuit as plaintiffs between November 2013 and this August and 172 more who joined as claimants.

In addition to the cash payment, the settlement includes neurological testing and assessment for players paid for by the league; up to $75,000 in medical treatment for players who test positive on two or more tests; and a "Common Good Fund" for retired players in need, including those who did not participate in the litigation, worth $2.5 million.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who has dealt with concussion problems throughout his career but is not involved in the lawsuit that includes only retired players, told reporters after practice the league, Players' Association and others must all have a role in the issue.

"It's something as players that we know that risk," Crosby said. "Obviously we know a lot more now than we did before, even a lot more than we did when I had my first one. It's something you hope they can mutually agree on. It's something that I think is important from both sides."

Retired player Daniel Carcillo, one of the plaintiffs, urged players not to accept the settlement. In a series of tweets , he said players would be forced to see the same NHL and NHLPA doctors to determine if they'd be eligible for treatment.

Carcillo also asked for Wayne Gretzky's thoughts: "I want him to use his platform to help the men who protected him throughout his career. Lack of pressure from former players is a direct result of this insulting attempt at a settlement."

Charles Zimmerman, who was a lead attorney for players, said he was most disappointed the lawsuit couldn't assure future benefits for all retired players like in the NFL.

"I think it's a very appropriate result and a good outcome in a very contested, hotly litigated matter," Zimmerman said. "The main goal in the case was to get medical testing and treatment for the players, something that the NHL wouldn't agree to for the four years that we'd been litigating and that's what we achieved."

The settlement comes four months after a federal judge denied class-action status for the retired players, a significant victory for the league in the lawsuit filed in November 2013. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in July denied class-action status, citing "widespread differences" in state laws about medical monitoring that would "present significant case management difficulties."

The bid for class-action status would have created one group of all living former NHL players and one group of all retired players diagnosed with a neurological disease, disorder or condition. Had Nelson certified the class action, more than 5,000 former players would have been able to join the case.

"It's not surprising after the NHL prevailed on the class-action motion that there would have been movements in this direction," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr told reporters in Toronto. "I'm glad for the parties that it's all over. Hopefully people can go on with their lives and now we can perhaps deal with these issues with the NHL without having to worry about the effect on the litigation."

Davidson called Nelson's decision a "watershed moment" for the case and that players lost leverage as a result.

"It severely limited the damages to the NHL owners and benefits to the NHL players," Vanderbilt University sports economic professor John Vrooman wrote in an email to the AP. "This decision essentially forced the 140 (plus) players involved in the suit to settle and prevented the participation of all other potential litigants. So it will seem that both sides 'won' in what was really a lopsided victory for the owners. It's just that all of the owners won by gaining current and future protection from damages and a minor fraction of the players won something that they would have zero chance in obtaining in isolation versus the league."

Settlement talks ramped back up in July with an agreement reached Nov. 7.

Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly have, on multiple occasions, said the lawsuit had no merit.

"When it comes to focusing on concussions and trying to understand them and how to treat them, we've been leaders in the field," Bettman told the AP in May. "And that gets completely lost in the rhetoric of the litigation, and I don't like discussing the litigation. There is a sense because it gets sensationalized that the reality of our position with player safety is somehow at odds with the reality of the science and the medicine and it's not true. We study it very closely."

The NFL settlement covers more than 20,000 retired players, and lawyers expect payouts to top $1.5 billion over 65 years. As of last month , the NFL concussion lawsuit claims panel has approved more than $500 million in awards and paid out $330 million.


Rugby League World Cup seeds: Aussies, England, NZ, Tonga

England's Jake Connor, right, is caught by New Zealand's Jamayne Isaako during their International Rugby League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday Nov. 11. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

York, England (AP) — England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as hosts and will be seeded alongside New Zealand, Tonga and titleholders Australia.

Details of the draw were unveiled following a four-day congress of the Rugby League International Federation in York.

The Rugby League World Cup has been increased from 14 to 16 teams, making for a simpler format, with the top two teams from each of the four pools going through to the quarterfinals.

The draws for all three Rugby League World Cups, including the women's and wheelchair events, will be made in England on Nov. 27, 2019, exactly two years before the 2021 final.

The second pot will feature tier two teams Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, and Lebanon, who all qualified automatically after reaching the last eight of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The final two pots will feature qualifiers, based on their world ranking, including the two most recently qualified sides, France and Wales.

After failing to win through from the European championship, Ireland and Scotland hope to secure qualification at the second attempt in 2019, while the United States, Chile, Jamaica, and Canada will provide one qualifier from the Americas championship in Jacksonville this week.

The women's tournament will begin on the men's quarterfinal weekend in 2021.

"One of our main aims was to hold the most inclusive Rugby League World Cup of all time, and I'm delighted that we have that confirmed," Rugby League World Cup chief executive Jon Dutton said.

"It was important for us to demonstrate a commitment to tier two nations, and growing maturity for the World Cup with a clearer format."


Update November 6-10, 2018

Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots

Ariya Jutanugarn. (AP Photo)

Hainan Island, China (AP) — Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament.

Jutanugarn had birdies on the final two holes — and four of the closing seven — on Thursday to take command over the rest of the field at 7-under 137.

Jennifer Song, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Gaby Lopez shot 71s and were in a tie for second at 3-under.

The leader is likely to play in a group on Friday with her older sister.

"I haven't played with her for so long," she explained. "We have so much fun. At the same time we didn't talk much when we played ... especially when there are three players in the group."

She said all the talk would distract the other player.

Jutanugarn said the sisters have played together before, but never in the same group on the final day. She said they are sharing the same living quarters this week. But she went on to explain they are very different characters.

"I think we are very nice to each other when we're on the golf course, but off the golf course I think we not nice to each other," she joked.

Between siblings, old habits die hard.

"You know, she's really professional," Ariya said of her sister. "So her room is so clean. I throw everything. She yells at me every day."

First-round leader Thidapa Suwannapura carded a 75 and fell six strokes behind the leader.

The Blue Bay tournament is the last of five on the LPGA Tour's Asian swing.


Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League

Chelsea's Oliver Giroud celebrates scoring his side's winning goal during the Europa League group L soccer match between Bate and Chelsea at the Borisov-Arena in Borisov, Belarus, Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Karel Janicek

London (AP) - Olivier Giroud ended his drought by scoring the only goal to lead Chelsea to a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday that clinched a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two group games to spare.

Giroud had not scored for Chelsea for six months but he knows what it's like to net against BATE. Last season, the France forward was on target in both games against the Belarusian champions when he played for London rivals Arsenal in Europe's second tier competition.

Arsenal also made it through after a 0-0 home draw against Sporting marred by Danny Welbeck's injury. The England striker was carried off on a stretcher after appearing to sustain a serious ankle problem. He needed to receive oxygen before he was taken to hospital.

Zurich reached the next stage, together with Bayer Leverkusen, after the German side won their encounter 1-0. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Apollon Limassol 3-2 to advance, while Lazio beat Marseille 2-1 to march into the next round and eliminate last year's runners-up.

Dinamo Zagreb were another team to progress to the knockout phase after the fourth round of matches. Ten-man Sevilla won 3-2 at Akhisar thanks to a late penalty, but Anderlecht's hopes of going through are over.

Here's a look at Thursday's action:

PERFECT CHELSEA

Emerson Palmieri crossed from the left in the 53rd minute and Giroud stooped to head in for Chelsea. The France striker was playing against BATE instead of Alvaro Morata, who was rested.

'I'm pleased for him," manager Maurizio Sarri said of Giroud. "He's a very important player for us, very useful for the team, but I know very well that strikers want to score, and so for his confidence it's very important.

"BATE played very well. They were unlucky and could have drawn the match."

The win extended Chelsea's unbeaten streak this season to 17 games, but the London club were given several scares as BATE hit the woodwork three times.

Chelsea top Group L with a maximum 12 points. Hungary's Vidi are second on six points after a 1-0 victory over PAOK .

ARSENAL HELD

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 home draw by Sporting, who had Jeremy Mathieu sent off for a professional foul on substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang three minutes from the end.

Aubameyang, who replaced the injured Welbeck in the 30th minute, missed a string of scoring chances.

"Danny's looked like a serious injury, which is not nice to see," Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said. "Our thoughts are with him."

Arsenal top Group E with 10 points, three ahead of Sporting. Qarabag joined Vorskla on three points after winning their match 1-0.

BETIS ON TOP

Spanish midfielder Suso curled in a free kick to salvage a 1-1 draw for seven-time European champions AC Milan at Real Betis, who had taken the lead in the 12th minute through Giovani Lo Celso.

Betis top Group F on eight points, one ahead of Milan and Olympiacos, who thrashed Dudelange 5-1.

LAST-GASP SEVILLA

Ever Banega converted a penalty three minutes from time against Akhisar as he grabbed the winner for Sevilla, the most successful club in Europa League history.

Earlier, Nolito and Luis Muriel gave the Spanish club a 2-0 lead, but Elvis Manu started a comeback for Akhisar in the 52nd, four minutes before Sergi Gomez was sent off. Onur Ayik then equalized for the Turkish side after 78.

Sevilla are tied atop Group J on nine points with Russia's Krasnodar, who beat Standard Liege 2-1.

OTHER GROUPS

Takumi Minamino's hat trick inspired Salzburg to a 5-2 win at Rosenborg, their fourth straight victory in Group B. Celtic beat Leipzig 2-1 to join the German side on six points.

In Group H, Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Mijat Gacinovic scored as Eintracht made it four wins from four games. Emilio Zelaya netted twice for Apollon, the second time from the penalty spot.

Marco Parolo headed the opening goal for Lazio in first-half injury time and Joaquin Correa beat goalkeeper Yohann Pele 10 minutes into the second before Marseille got one back through Florian Thauvin.

Eintracht have 12 points followed by Lazio on nine. Marseille and Apollon, both on one point, are out.

In Group G, Spartak Moscow beat Rangers 4-3 in a thriller after the Scottish club had led 3-2. Villarreal lead the section with six points after drawing 0-0 at Rapid Vienna. Rangers and Spartak are one point behind.

Anderlecht's campaign came to an end after a 2-0 defeat at Group D rivals Fenerbahce. Zagreb advanced from that section after a 3-1 victory over Spartak Trnava.


Hanoi GP set to join Formula One circuit in 2020

President and CEO of Formula 1 Chase Carey, left, Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung, second from left and two other officials watch the Hanoi F1 circuit design on the screen in Hanoi, Vietnam, Wednesday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)

Tran Van Minh

Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) — A Grand Prix in Hanoi will be added to the Formula One calendar in 2020 as part of the sport's expansion in Asia.

F1 chairman Chase Carey and Nguyen Duc Chung, the Mayor of Hanoi, made the announcement on Wednesday.

A 5.556-kilometer circuit will be constructed near the national stadium using a combination of existing infrastructure and roads to be built in a new residential area on the edge of the city center.

"The race track in Hanoi is unique in the world with half of it being on existing streets and the other half to be built," Chung said. "The length and turns of this track will bring a lot of excitement. According to designers, it will be the most exciting track in the world."

Chung said the GP would be funded by private enterprise headed by Vingroup, the country's largest private conglomerate.

"Hosting Formula 1 races in Hanoi will open us many opportunities for business, tourist development (and) advertise the image of Vietnam and image of Hanoi to the world," Chung said. "And at the same time create new a playing ground and experiences for people of all walks of life."

Formula One has 21 races listed on a tentative calendar for 2019.

The 2018 season has two races to go, in Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi.

Carey came into F1 intent on expansion and another event in Asia is a major part of the strategy.

"The energy of this country is incredible. The city of Hanoi I think is increasingly one that's capturing the world's imagination," he said. "Asia is clearly very important overall to our future.

"It's really the driving engine of the world's future, so as we look to grow this sport in Asia, we want to be in a country we really think it's going to be the engine of growth, the engine of excitement, so we think Vietnam really captures people's interests."

The race in Vietnam will join other stops in the Asia-Pacific region that include Japan, China, Singapore, and Australia. F1 had a regular stop in Malaysia from 1999-2017 and also had brief forays into India and South Korea.


Jennings makes 146no as England set Sri Lanka 462 target

England's Keaton Jennings plays a shot during the third day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rex Clementine

Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka face the daunting task of batting out two days to save the first test against England after being set an improbable target of 462 and finishing day three on 15 without loss on Thursday.

Sri Lanka's record of never having lost a test in Galle is in jeopardy.

England declared their second innings on 322-6, and opener Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 146.

Jennings batted for more than six hours, faced 280 deliveries and hit nine fours for a second test century since his first on debut two years ago.

"I want to give a really big thank you to the people that have stuck with me, that have helped me over the last 18 months, that have backed me through some tough times, waking up in the middle of the night stressing, panicking. I am just really happy to be sitting here in a position where we can win the game," Jennings said.

He was well supported by allrounder Ben Stokes, who hit 62 in a stand of 107 for the fourth wicket as England dominated the day.

After the dismissal of Stokes, Jennings added 74 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (35) and 61 for the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes (37).

Sri Lanka missed a stumping chance off Buttler when he was on 11.

With the game slipping away, Sri Lanka set up a defensive field.

Vice-captain Suranga Lakmal stepped in to the leadership role after captain Dinesh Chandimal was forced off the field with a groin injury. Sri Lanka management said Chandimal will bat in the second innings but they could lose the services of the captain for the series.

Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath, playing his last test, finished with two wickets apiece. Herath was given a standing ovation by the packed house, mostly England fans, as he walked off the field.

His three wickets in the test have lifted him to 433 all time, two above New Zealand great Richard Hadlee in the top 10.

Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw off the seven overs in the final session.

"When you look at the three days so far, I'm not sure there will be a huge change over the next two," Sri Lanka spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunga said.

"We know that it does spin a little more on the last two days because it is dry here. There is a big challenge, but it's not the kind of wicket we usually see in Galle. If the batsmen do their duty, the 440-odd that we need will be tough, but it's not impossible."

The highest fourth-innings total in Sri Lanka is 397 made by New Zealand in 2009 at Sinhalese Sports Club in a losing cause. The highest successful run chase was 391 by Sri Lanka in 2017 against Zimbabwe at R. Premadasa Stadium.

The highest fourth-innings total in Galle was 300 by Pakistan in 2012, also in a losing cause.


Update November 3-5, 2018

Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his 1st Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov of Russia celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal's record of 33 Masters titles.

Djokovic, a record four-time champion at the indoor event, looked out of energy after an epic three-hour semifinal win against Roger Federer on Saturday.

After also being taken to three sets by Marin Cilic in Friday's quarterfinals, Djokovic's semifinal finished at around 8 p.m. local time and he felt he was unable to recover sufficiently from that draining encounter.

"I didn't unfortunately. But I don't want to talk about that," Djokovic said. "I want to talk about how well (Khachanov) played all week and absolutely deserved to win today."

Asked again whether it was a case of emotional fatigue, after such an intense tussle with Federer, Djokovic repeated his praise for Khachanov.

"Karen played really well and he deserved to win," Djokovic said. "All the credit to him."

Although Djokovic broke in the fourth game to move 3-1 up and then led 30-0 on serve, the unseeded Khachanov broke him straight back and the momentum abruptly shifted away from Djokovic.

"I stepped in more inside the court," Khachanov said. "I started to move him and maybe he didn't expect that I could do it after being down 3-1 with a break."

Djokovic seemed agitated at times and twice turned to his box to remonstrate about an unspecified issue during the first set.

Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into the net. The Russian won the first set with a big first serve that Djokovic could not return, stretching out his racket in vain as the fizzing ball clipped the frame.

Djokovic struggled to handle Khachanov's brutal two-handed, cross-court backhands from the baseline, which often landed near his ankles, and dropped his serve again to trail 2-1 in the second set. He had to save three more break points in the seventh game to hold for 4-3 down.

"He was playing big from the back of the court, flat backhands and forehand. He can really hurt you," Djokovic said. "His serve is really, really strong and precise."

After both players held to love, Khachanov showed no nerves — even though he was in his first Masters final — and served out the match.

He secured victory on his first match point when Djokovic chopped a backhand return wide. The imposing Khachanov thrust both his arms in the air and, moments later, knelt down to kiss the court.

"It's a breakthrough season. And this title, it's a good year-end I would say," Khachanov said. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy."

Djokovic will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday, but the Serb will be disappointed at missing out on a 73rd career title, having withstood the best of Federer on Saturday.

Still, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion has plenty to feel good about after a 22-match winning streak, and he remains favorite for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning Nov. 11.

"I'm satisfied of course and I'm going to be No. 1 tomorrow. What more can I ask for? I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months," he said. "I'm getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game."

The 22-year-old Khachanov, ranked 18th, is the first Russian to win here since Nikolay Davydenko in 2006. Marat Safin won it three times before that.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin won the last of his Paris Masters titles in 2004, when Khachanov was a young boy.

"I watched (Safin's) matches but later, not at the age of eight," he said. "I'm just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners."

Khachanov added this title to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third title of the year and fourth overall.

He had won his previous three finals, and said his 100 percent record helped him when he stepped on court against the 14-time Grand Slam champion.

"I was thinking, 'OK, (Djokovic) has, I don't know, 70 titles and I have three,'" Khachanov said. "But 3-0, you know? So maybe it was in the back of my mind."


Man City power on, Chelsea up to 2nd after win

Manchester City's Leroy Sane, left, duels for the ball with Southampton's Cedric Soares during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Tony Jimenez

London (AP) — Manchester City displayed ruthless efficiency on Sunday to raise more questions over who can stop Pep Guardiola's team powering to a second straight English Premier League crown.

Raheem Sterling scored twice and goal-poacher Sergio Aguero was also on target as City marched back to the top of the standings with a 6-1 victory against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola's players punished almost every mistake made in the opening stages by a beleaguered Southampton side as they led 3-0 after just 18 minutes.

The visitors pulled one back with a penalty but it proved a minor setback for City, who again dominated Southampton in the second half.

"I thought it was a great team performance," Sterling said. "We were brilliant at times today. It is great times at the moment."

In Sunday's other game, second-place Chelsea breezed past Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow Spaniard Pedro added a third as Chelsea proved too strong for Roy Hodgson's Palace.


Marc Marquez wins Malaysian MotoGP

Honda rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates after winning the Malaysia MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Sepang, Malaysia (AP) — Honda rider Marc Marquez overcame a six-place grid penalty and took advantage of Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi's late crash to win the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday.

Rossi led from early in the race but crashed with four laps to go at the Sepang circuit to give Marquez a clear run to the finish for his ninth win of the season and 70th of his career, and give the Honda team an unassailable lead in the constructors' championship.

Marquez, who claimed his fifth world championship in Japan two weeks ago, was demoted from pole position to seventh on the grid for impeding Suzuki's Andrea Iannone in Saturday's qualifying, but that didn't hinder him for long as he quickly moved through the field to put pressure on Rossi and eventually forced the Italian into an error.

The 25-year-old Spaniard crossed the line in a time of 40 minutes, 32.372 seconds, 1.898 seconds ahead of Suzuki's Alex Rin. Yamaha's Johann Zarco was third, 2.474 seconds off the pace, for his first podium finish since the Spanish MotoGP in May.

Maverick Vinales, who won in Australia last week, was fourth and Danny Pedrosa finished fifth.

Rossi finished in 18th place and fell to third in the championship standings behind Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who placed sixth, with one round remaining.


Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Keitany win NYC Marathon

First place finishers Mary Keitany of Kenya, left, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia pose for a picture at the finish line of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Denis P. Gorman

New York (AP) — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan's First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan's lead was growing over the strong women's field with every stride, and all she thought about was the finish line.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia didn't break out into a big grin until he pulled away from two opponents late in the race.

In perfect crisp autumn weather for distance runners, Keitany and Desisa won the New York City Marathon on Sunday in near record times.

Keitany, 36, became the second woman to win the marathon four times. She ran the race in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds, the second fastest time for the course in history. Margaret Okayo of Kenya set the record of 2:22:31 in 2003.

"I can say the course record was not in my mind," Keitany said. "For me, winning was the most important."

Desisa, 28, held off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds for his first win in New York, joining victories at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2015. He finished second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2017.

"This is my dream," Desisa said. "To be a champion."

Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds, the second fastest time for the course. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set the record of 2:05:05 in 2011. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third.

"I'm pretty happy to finish on the podium," Kamworor said. "I came out the best that I could in the race. I tried my best, and I'm happy to be third."

Keitany won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before coming in second last year to Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. She joined Grete Waitz, the Norwegian who won the marathon nine times between 1978-1988, as the only women to win the marathon four times.

She and Ethiopians Rahma Tusa and Gudeta turned their race to a three-woman field at the 15-mile mark. Keitany pulled away from Tusa and Gudeta at the 19-mile mark, leading Tusa by 26.58 seconds and Gudeta by 43.98 seconds. She extended her lead over Tusa to 1:27.83 at the 21-mile mark.

From that point, the question was not whether Keitany would win. Rather, it was by how much.

She beat countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot by 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

Flanagan finished third.

"You have to find motivation, things to focus on," Flanagan said. "When I finally got to third place, I got another level of excitement because I was fighting."

The United States had four women finish in the top 10: Molly Huddle was fourth, Desiree Linden was sixth and Allie Kieffer was seventh.

Four American men also finished in the top 10: Jared Ward was sixth, Scott Fauble was seventh, Shadrack Biwott was ninth and Chris Derrick was tenth.

Daniel Romanchuk became the first American to win the men's wheelchair division, with a time of 1:36:21. Romanchuk finished 01.15 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Marcel Hug. David Weir of Britain, American Aaron Pike and Australian Kurt Fernley rounded out the top five.

"I need air and I'm in pain," said Romanchuk, a 20-year old from Champaign, Illinois, who won the Chicago Marathon last month. "It's wonderful to be able to win my two Abbott major marathons on American soil. It's an amazing experience."

Manuela Schar of Switzerland repeated as winner of the women's wheelchair division. Schar, who also won the Berlin and Chicago marathons, finished with a time of 1:50:27. American Tatyana McFadden finished second with a time of 1:50:48. Lihong Zou of China came in third. Eliza Ault-Connell of Australia and Margriet Van Den Broek of the Netherlands finished fourth and fifth.

"New York is always a really tough one for me because of the course," Schar said. "I'm not really a good climber so I always have to work really hard in the flat part. Yeah (I) tried to make that ground that I lose in the hills. I'm always a bit more nervous before New York than before the other races."

Retired NFL running back Tiki Barber finished the race in 4:44:47. He has run the marathon every year since 2014, with his best time being 4:28:26 in 2016. Actress Teri Hatcher recorded a time of 5:51:21 in her second marathon. In 2014, she compiled a time of 5:06:42.


Update November 1, 2018

Parade fetes champion Red Sox

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, waves the flag of Puerto Rico as coach Ramon Vazquez holds the championship trophy during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Philip Marcelo and Bob Salsberg

Boston (AP) — Confetti cannons boomed and huge crowds of fans cheered wildly on Wednesday as the Red Sox rumbled through downtown Boston aboard duck boats to mark the team's fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years.

One of the team's championship trophies and team manager Alex Cora were hit by flying cans of beer that Boston fans have made a practice of offering their sports heroes during recent victory parades. Neither was seriously injured and it didn't take any varnish off the shining celebration.

The rolling rally set off from venerable Fenway Park and wound its way through major city streets lined by fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, some who arrived before dawn.

Bits of red, white and blue paper rained down as team officials, players, and their families waved from the amphibious, World War II-era vehicles. Some autographed balls and drank beers tossed to them from the jubilant throng.

Many in the sea of Red Sox jerseys and ball caps took advantage of the fact that the parade coincided with Halloween.

Young children dressed up as comic book and Disney characters, 20-somethings from the city's numerous colleges sported full-body panda and dinosaur outfits, and fans took selfies with a doppelganger of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan roaming the crowd.

"It's been nothing but love. We're out here having a good time. We're turnt up," said Jarrick Fidalgo, a New Bedford, Massachusetts, native with his face painted in the diabolical red, white and black of the Joker from "Batman."

But it wasn't all carefree fun. Team manager Alex Cora, one of the team's four World Series trophies and a bystander were among those hit by errant beer cans. Cora and the trophy were barely scathed, but the bystander was urged to get treatment for a gash on her nose, The Boston Globe reported.

Patrick Connolly, a 19-year-old from Sandwich, Massachusetts, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly hitting Cora with an unopened beer.

Connolly told the arresting officers, according to the Globe: "I love Cora. I didn't mean to hit him."

Police Commissioner William Gross said there were five other parade-related arrests, including a 17-year-old charged with illegal firearm and drug possession.

Security was tight along the route, which took the team past the site of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Public drinking, in theory, was banned, but many fans still liberally swigged from small vials of liquor and cans of beer.

Throughout the day, spontaneous anti-Yankees chants rang out, a nod to the long-running rivalry between the American League squads.

Countless Boston-area youths skipped class to take in the parade.

"I heard there were six people in my history class today. Everyone is here," said Max Colognesi, a 16-year-old from nearby Chestnut Hill who joined friends near the ballpark. "I have a lot of homework when I get back, but it's worth it."

During a pre-parade ceremony at Fenway, Cora thanked fans for supporting the team as it won a team-record 108 games before beating the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.

"I've been saying since Day One, this is crazy, this is madness," he said.

Boston fans learned even more good news Wednesday when pitcher David Price announced before the start of the parade that he planned to stay in Boston, declining a contract option that would have enabled him to become a free agent.

On Tuesday, the team announced they were exercising their $15 million option for next season to retain another star pitcher, Chris Sale.

Though some fans were enjoying their first championship parade, many others, like 23-year-old Derek Safford, were veterans.

The North Attleborough, Massachusetts, resident and his family have attended every parade since 2004, including celebrations of titles for the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.

"I know people had doubts at the start of the season with Cora being a first-time manager, but he really made a family-like atmosphere and brought this team together," Safford said from his prime vantage point on Boylston.

Bob Gardner traveled up from Newtown, Connecticut, with his wife and their 17-year-old grandson, Andrew. They took in the spectacle from near Fenway.

"It's an incredible thing because the team itself reflects so many good things — redemption, pride, teamwork — especially at this point in our country's history," he said.

Andrew agreed, saying: "It's just a special team. I'll tell my kids about this team. My grandkids.

"I'll never forget this moment."


Russia's Dalaloyan wins men's all-around on tiebreaker

New world champion and gold medallist Russia's Artur Dalaloyan, center, silver medallist China's Xiao Ruoteng, left, and bronze medallist Russia's Nikita Nagornyy, right, pose after the Men's All-Around Final of the Gymnastics World Chamionships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Will Graves

Doha, Qatar (AP) — Artur Dalaloyan ended the men's team final at the world gymnastics championships in tears — and not the good kind. A mistake on parallel bars by the 22-year-old played a factor in Russia's narrow runner-up finish to China.

Though Dalaloyan skipped training in the run-up to Wednesday's all-around final in an attempt to decompress, his mind kept drifting back to the five-hundredths of a point that proved the difference between gold and silver for the Russians.

"It was scrolling through my mind," Dalaloyan said.

It proved to be the fuel he needed to keep the opportunity to stand atop the podium from slipping through his grasp twice. Dalaloyan drilled his high bar set, watched 2017 world champion Xiao Ruoteng of China do the same and then fought back tears — the good kind this time — after becoming the first Russian to win a world or Olympic all-around title in nearly 20 years.

Though Dalaloyan and Xiao both finished with a score of 87.598, Dalaloyan was awarded the gold on a tiebreaker after the officials dropped the lowest score for each competitor.

"I do feel a little pity about that," Xiao said. "But respect to the judge and respect to the rival."

Xiao went last in the 24-man final and the 14.233 he needed to get to pull even with Dalaloyan was plastered in bright yellow letters on the video board inside the Aspire Dome. When his score flashed — 14.233 — there was a brief moment of confusion before the tiebreaker was announced. Xiao didn't exactly hang his head in disappointment.

"I want to be No. 1, yeah but this result, I'm still happy," Xiao said.

The victory marked a redemption of sorts for Dalaloyan, who came off the parallel bars shortly after his mount during the team final, the deduction one of a handful of miscues by the Russians that helped China return to the top of the sport for the first time since 2014.

There were few miscues for Dalaloyan two days later. He put up the top score on rings and was second on vault, floor and parallel bars and third on high bar while becoming the second Russian to win the world all-around title, joining Nikolai Kryukov in 1999. Alexei Neimov captured gold for Russia at the 2000 Olympics.

"It's amazing," Dalaloyan said in English after joining exclusive company.

Dalaloyan's teammate Nikita Nagornyy took third. China's Sun Wei was fourth.

American Sam Mikulak was in medal contention heading into the final rotation, but the five-time national champion lost his grip with one arm during his high bar routine, a mistake that dropped him to fifth. Teammate Yul Moldauer came in 12th while dealing with a biceps injury and back issues. There were no such problems coming in for Mikulak, which only added to his frustration.

"I've never been so (mad) in my life," he said.

And for good reason. Mikulak dazzles with his talent but has developed a habit of coming up just short when on the world stage. Five years ago, he was second going into high bar in the 2013 all-around final but had a similar problem to the one that popped up Wednesday night.

"I was feeling so good," Mikulak said. "Felt all the confidence in the world. There were no nerves. No doubt. I'd practiced that exact scenario a million times back in the gym."

Practice, however, did not make perfect. His mistake wasn't disastrous, but on a day when the top gymnasts in the world left little room for error — a marked improvement over a sloppy team final — Mikulak couldn't quite summons the crispness he needed.

"You've always got to fight until the end," Mikulak said. "But man that just hurt. That hurt real bad."

Mikulak will have a chance to pick up the first world championship medal of his otherwise outstanding career later in the meet. He's in four event finals. Yet he has poured himself into chasing an all-around medal for the better part of a decade. At 26, he's well aware that his opportunities are dwindling.

"I'm going to keep kicking," Mikulak said. "It's not over. The (Olympic) Games are always where the goals are, but I was really hoping this was my chance."

It was until it wasn't.


Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters; will lose No. 1 ranking

Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to media as he announces his withdraw from the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — Returning from one injury to play at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal pulled out with another one.

This time it wasn't the troublesome right knee which had sidelined him since the U.S. Open semifinals in early September, but rather an abdominal injury which just crept up on him.

Given his history of injuries, Nadal listened to advice and did not play his second-round match against Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.

"The last few days I start to feel a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving," Nadal said. "The doctor says that is recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing."

This latest injury will cost him his No. 1 ranking, which goes back to longtime rival Novak Djokovic next week.

Djokovic lost his top ranking to Andy Murray at the Paris Masters two years ago.

As he then struggled to come back from a lingering elbow injury, the 31-year-old Serb's ranking plummeted to No. 22 in May this year.

But Djokovic has completely turned his form around, winning four of the last five tournaments he has entered, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and most recently the Shanghai Masters. The 14-time Grand Slam champion's brilliant comeback makes him the first player to reach No. 1 after being ranked below 20th in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000, according to the ATP Tour.

Djokovic faces Damir Dzumhur in the third round, the first time they have played each other.

For Nadal, it is the second straight year he has withdrawn from the Paris indoor tournament and he is not sure if he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, starting Nov. 11.

"I cannot answer. I just go day by day," the 17-time Grand Slam champion said.  "The most important thing for me is to be healthy, be healthy and have the chance to compete weeks in a row. Something that I was not able to do this year, playing only nine events and retiring in two."

Nadal has dealt with off-and-on knee problems for years and the 32-year-old Spaniard prefers to be cautious. At the U.S. Open, he retired during his match against Juan Martin del Potro. He then skipped the Asia swing to recover, missing tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.

"It has been a tough year for me in terms of injuries so I want to avoid drastic things," Nadal said. "The doctor says if I want to play the tournament, I want to try to win the tournament, the abdominal with break for sure."

Nadal is optimistic his latest injury will pass, providing he does not rush back.

"It would not be fair to say it's a real injury today but what is sure, if I continue it will be a real injury," he said. "When you come back after injuries, and you push a little bit, the body at the beginning some issues can happen."

Lucky loser Malek Jaziri replaced Nadal and beat Verdasco 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3 and next faces defending champion Jack Sock.

Roger Federer also advanced to Thursday's third round after big-serving Milos Raonic retired before their match with a right elbow injury.

Raonic injured himself during a three-set win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.

"In the middle of second set, I overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain," he said. "I went and I did an ultrasound and MRI, and they found some kind of a lesion in the tricep."

Federer, who won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will next face 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini. He leads the Italian 3-0 in matchups.

Sock and fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev reached round three in straight sets.

The 16th-seeded Sock won 6-3, 6-3 win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while Zverev advanced 6-4, 6-4 over American Francis Tiafoe.

Sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem won 6-4, 6-2 against Gilles Simon, beating the Frenchman for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

No. 7 Kevin Anderson, the Wimbledon runner-up; No. 8 John Isner, No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 10 Kei Nishikori and No. 15 Diego Schwartzman also advanced.

Isner and Nishikori are competing with No. 5 Marin Cilic and Thiem for the last two ATP finals places. Cilic faces Dimitrov on Thursday.

No. 11 Borna Coric completed second-round action with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Daniil Medvedev and next faces Thiem.


Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English League Cup 4th round soccer match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Steve Douglas

London (AP) - Son Heung-min burst out of a 19-game goal drought to help Tottenham into the English League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while a pair of early own-goals ruined Frank Lampard's return to former club Chelsea.

Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium.

The reward for Tottenham: A last-eight meeting with north London rivals Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in December.

While remaining a star for South Korea, who he led to a gold medal — thereby earning exemption from military service — at the Asian Games in September, Son is no longer guaranteed a first-team place at Tottenham because of fierce competition up front.

Spurs, who were playing just 48 hours after a loss to Manchester City in the Premier League, are looking to claim a first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino and end what will be an 11-year wait for a trophy.

Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell.

Derby lost 3-2 and were ultimately undone by two own-goals in the opening 21 minutes — the first of which was scored in the fifth minute by a player on loan from Chelsea, Mikayo Tomori. The game almost went to penalties, with Derby striker David Nugent hitting the post in the final minutes.

Lampard spent time on the Stamford Bridge field after final whistle, applauding Chelsea's fans and getting plenty of cheers in return.

"There wasn't a tear in the eye, but it was emotional," Lampard said. "I did leave here quietly (in 2014), slightly out of the back door, so it's good to walk through the front door and get that."

Chelsea were drawn to play Bournemouth at home in the quarterfinals.

Arsenal set up the north London derby in the quarterfinals by beating third-tier Blackpool 2-1 in a match both teams finished with 10 men.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his first for the club, and 18-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's goals at the Emirates before Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.

Blackpool reduced the deficit 10 minutes later through Paudie O'Connor, who was later shown a straight red card for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to end any hope of a comeback.

Tony Pulis got one over his former club when second-tier Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the other fourth-round match on Wednesday.

Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range.

Pulis managed Palace for eight months in the 2013-14 season, helping keep the team in the Premier League. Middlesbrough will face Burton Albion in the next round.
 


DAILY UPDATE

|

Back to Main Page

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks

Djokovic cruises past Isner in ATP Finals opener

NHL, retired players reach $19M concussions settlement

Rugby League World Cup seeds: Aussies, England, NZ, Tonga


Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots

Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League

Hanoi GP set to join Formula One circuit in 2020

Jennings makes 146no as England set Sri Lanka 462 target


Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his 1st Paris Masters title

Man City power on, Chelsea up to 2nd after win

Marc Marquez wins Malaysian MotoGP

Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Keitany win NYC Marathon


Parade fetes champion Red Sox

Russia's Dalaloyan wins men's all-around on tiebreaker

Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters; will lose No. 1 ranking

Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters